Cloisters Demo

Hosted by Canton of Whyt Whey - New York, NY

Event date: October 2nd, 2022

Event Last Modified: July 11th, 2022

COVID-19 Statement

The East Kingdom and the event staff are committed to making sure that our friends & families stay safe. Kingdom guidelines for COVID safety change often. Masks that conform to CDC standards and worn properly over the nose and mouth are required of all attendees over the age of 2 in all indoor spaces or in public tents or pop-ups with 3 or 4 walls up and may only be lowered briefly for eating or drinking. Masks are optional when outdoors and we encourage frequent handwashing and social distancing. Please take whatever steps you feel are necessary for your own sense of safety beyond the stated mandates.

All persons over the age of 5 are now required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the event. All persons over the age of 18 must also present government issued photo ID or a valid SCA membership card. Please have these in hand when checking in.

Although the SCA complies with all applicable laws to ensure the health and safety of our event participants, we cannot eliminate the risk of exposure to infectious diseases during in-person events. By participating in the in-person events of the SCA, you acknowledge and accept the potential risks. You agree to take any additional steps to protect your own health and safety and those under your control as you believe to be necessary.

Event details

The Medieval Festival at the Cloisters is the SCA's largest demo opportunity of the year — with over fifty thousand people visiting the site, it's a great chance to show off all of the things we do in the SCA, and we'd love your help sharing our passion with the public.

Fighters are invited to enter our tournaments for armored combat, fencing, and youth combat, all before cheering crowds of onlookers.

Artists and craftsmen and bardic are welcome to exhibit their work and demonstrate their skills to a rapt audience curious about history. 

Chatelaines and other volunteers are needed to speak with the public and explain the Society and how they can get involved.

If you wish to participate in any of the activities above, or simply wish to come and have fun with us, please contact the event steward!

This is an outdoor event open to the public, with a large list field for fighters (protected by a tall fence), spacious pavilions for exhibitors (roped off from spectators), and plenty of "backstage" space for people to garb up, unwind, and enjoy the potluck dayboard.

Site Opens: 11:00 am (Setup begins at 9:00 am)
Site Closes: 6:00 pm (followed by teardown)

Event Location

Fort Tryon Park
1 Margaret Corbin Drive
New York, NY  10040
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The event site is accessible per the East Kingdom Accessibility Porter's Checklist.


The SCA's encampment will be on "the South Lawn," the first open field in Fort Tryon Park, one minute past the entrance gate.

By subway:  The best way to reach the festival is to take the “A” train to the 190th St.  station, then follow the crowds up the elevators and stairs into the park. 

By bus:  Take the M4 bus uptown to its last stop.  (Accessibility note:  this route has no stairs.  There should be an accessible transfer from the A train at 175th Street.)

More transit info:

By car:  Park elsewhere around the city and use public transportation as above, or drive to the neighborhood and look for street parking or a paid garage.

More driving info:

A limited number of parking passes are available by pre-arrangement with the festival for people who are bringing large amounts of equipment & setting up before the festival begins.  You MUST email the event steward in advance to arrange for this parking.

Registration Fees

The event is free.  You are welcome to donate a dollar to the festival at the entry gate but no donation is required.

There is no feast.  Food is available from vendors on-site, and we have a potluck within our encampment for our participants.  You are invited to bring food for the potluck!

Make Checks Payable to: No payment is required.

Contact Information

Event Steward:

Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin
mka Matthew Simon Ryan Cavalletto

Send Reservations to:

Contact the event steward for assistance.